What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0? (2/2)

Continuation of What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0?

For my final topics on vCD 10.0, let’s review the following:

  1. vCloud Director Appliance Updates and Migration Path
  2. Placement and Sizing Policies
  3. Backup Ecosystem Certification
  4. Miscellaneous
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What’s New with VMware vCloud Director 10.0? (1/2)

With much excitement, VMware is announcing vCloud Director (vCD) 10.0 during VMworld US. This continues to provide significant value to our VMware Cloud Providers and tenants that consume vCD for services.

vCD 10.0 continues to demonstrate and focus on the following objectives:

  1. A Service Delivery Platform – rapidly deploy and integrate services into a multi-tenant, scalable platform with ecosystem partnership.
  2. Multi-Workload and Extensible Capabilities – it’s not about traditional VM’s anymore. Distinct additions like native PKS integration or next-generation virtual network services are integrated out of the box.
  3. Intuitive User Experience – while technology can be difficult sometimes, vCD orchestrates and automates many of the backend infrastructure tasks to get services operationalized. With the new H5 interface, this is very evident.

I’m going to summarize a few items that are pertinent to this release. However, this is not this is a comprehensive list by any means. The goal of this post is to provide an overview of why each of these additions/updates matter to our service providers and consumers.

Disclaimer: while vCD 10.0 is announced as of today, features might change based on the general availability (GA) date. I’ve been working with a release candidate build for my review. Therefore, this is subject to change.

  1. HTML5 User Interface Transition
  2. NSX-T Support
  3. Central Point of Management Additions

In Part 2, I will cover:

  1. vCD Appliance Updates and Migration Path
  2. Placement and Sizing Policies
  3. Backup Ecosystem Certification
  4. Miscellaneous

Hang tight, there’s a lot of information here.

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VMware vCloud Director 9.7 Appliance – Script Infographic

Recently, I’ve been spending time with the VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 9.7 appliance. This is the second iteration of the appliance that provides the cell state and PostgreSQL functionality. It’s certainly exciting to see what the next version brings to the table for our providers.

First off, Tomas Fojta did a great job on documenting many different appliance tips from a deployment and operational perspective.

One of my esteemed peers, Bob Motanagh, created a script infographic for the vCloud Director 9.7 appliances. This reviews the commonly called (or consumed) scripts along with logging locations of each of these scripts.

Since Bob provided approval, I am happy to share this publicly. We thought this would be extremely useful on understanding some of the inner-workings when using the vCloud Director appliance version.

Thanks again, Bob!

NSX Edge Cluster Capability in VMware vCloud Director 9.7 – Summary

Recently, I’ve been spending time on reviewing new functionality inside of VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 9.7, specifically Edge Clusters. Edge Clusters provides distinct capabilities to control tenant Edge placement while achieving a higher level of availability. While Edges are a distinct function of NSX to control traffic that ingresses/egresses out of NSX, vCD can provide a significant level of additional functionality.

Abhinav Mishra and I have spent some time writing about the rationale, implementation, migration, and design decisions in regards to Edge Clusters in version 9.7. Below are the links to each of these respective blog posts:

Introduction to Edge Clusters in VMware vCloud Director 9.7 (Part 1 of 3)

Setting up Edge Clusters in VMware vCloud Director 9.7 (Part 2 of 3)

Edge Cluster Design and Migration Considerations for VMware vCloud Director 9.7 (Part 3 of 3)

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